There are so many health benefits of a plant-based diet, but if you’re just starting out, there are a few nutritious foods that you should be eating (or at least adding to your diet regularly) every day. To find out, we asked Kimberly Snyder to share her top 5 with us.
The holistic nutritionist is known for helping big celebrities on their health and wellness journey (including Drew Barrymore), and her books (she wrote 10!) Have ranked her as the New York Times best-selling author. So it’s safe to say that she knows a thing or two about nutrition. Read on to learn more about Snyder’s five nutritious foods, then start cooking with our favorite recipes below.
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# 1. Glowing green smoothie
This is almost always my top recommendation, but there is a reason the GGS® is my branded drink. It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and full of nutrients. That said, it will fill you up and provide you with the nutrients and enzymes your body needs to perform at its peak. And because it’s mixed, your body can also minimize the energy it needs for digestion so it can be used for beauty energy and fat burning.
# 2. Chia seeds
These nutritious little seeds are great for fat loss because they help stabilize blood sugar, are high in fiber, and improve your insulin sensitivity. Insulin is one of your body’s most important fat storage hormones. By improving insulin sensitivity, the amount of insulin circulating in your bloodstream can decrease, which can lead to fat loss. Chia is also high in omega-3 fats, and the seeds fill up because they contain fiber. Try a few tablespoons of chia in unsweetened almond milk with a little vanilla and stevia for a delicious and filling drink.
# 3. Green
Like a Glowing Green Smoothie®, fresh greens will help you fill up and give your body the enzymes it needs for complete digestion. Greens are also high in fiber and nutrients and won’t raise your blood sugar.
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# 4. Lentils
One cup of lentils contains a staggering 18 grams of easily digestible and assimilable vegetable protein. Move over protein powder and let lentils fuel your body with almighty goodness. Not only are they loaded with amazing amounts of plant-based protein, but they’re so easy to make, fill, and absolutely delicious. Loaded with minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients.
# 5. Sprouts / microgreens
These “baby” plants are very rich in nutrients – amino acids, vitamins, minerals and so on. They are a huge bang for your buck! I incorporate them into my meals almost every day, whether they’re just stacked on top of soups or in my wraps.
Include the top five most nutritious foods in your diet with these delicious recipes today:
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This colorful, fresh, and fruity breakfast takes you to a California beachfront cafe. This means that even if you live in Minneapolis or Chicago, you can channel sunny vibes for a few bright minutes in the morning. And it’s good for you too!
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Soup is a great way to pack an excessive amount of green vegetables into a very delicious meal i.e. H. It’s an immune boosting powerhouse. What Heaven knows we could all use now.
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Lentils contain tons of protein (1 cup contains 18 grams) as well as iron, fiber, magnesium, and calcium. This soup will give you the “totally satisfied, not complaining” mood that can be hard to come by.
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This hearty salad has a great bite and a light brightness that makes it perhaps the most satisfying meal ever. This almond Caesar dressing is naturally dairy-free, but has the strong, tangy taste that every Caesar needs.
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Glowing green smoothie
Snyder believes their recipe for Glowing Green Smoothie® (GGS) is one of the most potent health and beauty elixirs in the world. And she has reason to make such a strong claim. This smoothie is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, high quality amino acids (which make up protein), and myriad other phytonutrients that work synergistically to prevent and repair damage in your body and promote rejuvenation. Can we say “Yes please!” Listen?